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Safe is Strong


Our team aims to identify profiles of family risk for suicide by examining how suicidality clusters with other indicators of compromised health and safety within families (e.g., child maltreatment, domestic abuse, pediatric emergency room visits, accidental pediatric injuries). Characteristics associated with family risk profiles will then be identified to target families with members who are at risk of suicide.  Our team intends to use this information to develop and evaluate education materials for health care providers to 1) enhance understanding of family-level risk factors for suicide, and 2) inform providers about available prevention and intervention services to mitigate suicide risk in vulnerable families.

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Strategic Alignment with National Suicide Prevention Goals

CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies

As it is outlined in the CDC's "Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices," our project is aligned with the following strategies:

    • Identify and Support People at Risk

    • Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risk

White House Priorities

As it is outlined in The White House "Fact Sheet: New Strategy Outlines Five Priorities for Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide," our project is aligned with the following priorities:

    • Increasing Access to and Delivery of Effective Care

    • Addressing Upstream Risk and Protective Factors

    • Increasing Research Coordination, Data Sharing, & Evaluation Efforts

Selected References

  1. Angelakis, I., Austin, J. L., & Gooding, P. (2020). Association of childhood maltreatment with suicide behaviors among young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Network Open, 3(8), 1-15.
  2. McLaughlin, J., O’Carroll, R. E., & O’Connor, R. C. (2012). Intimate partner abuse and suicidality: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(8), 677-689.
  3. Parks, S. E., Mirchandani, G., Rodriguez, S., & Hellsten, J. (2011). History of maltreatment among unintentional injury deaths: Analyses of Texas child fatality review data, 2005-2007. Injury Prevention, 17(Suppl 1), i14-i18.
  4. Ursano, R. J., Stein, M. B., Mash, H. B. H., Naifeh, J. A., Fullerton, C. S., Zaslavsky, A. M., ... & Kessler, R. C. (2018). Documented family violence and risk of suicide attempt among US Army soldiers. Psychiatry Research, 262, 575-582.